Weekend Heritage tour on Motorcycle from Bangalore

Weekend Heritage tour on Motorcycle from Bangalore
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$300
Duration: 2 days
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Guided heritage tour on Royal Enfield motorcycle from Bangalore to the Hoysala World Heritage Sites of Belur & Halebid and the world's largest monolith statue at Shravanabelagola. Ayurvedic Massage, Jain lunch and Satvic meals are other inclusions.

On Saturdays at 7 am our tour guide will meet you in Bangalore and provide an orientation of the tour as well as briefing for the Royal Enfield motorcycles. Breakfast is arranged and then we start towards our destination, Belur, the ancient capital of Hoyasala Empire, located 220 KMs from Bangalore. The ride will take 4-4.5 hrs and we will reach Belur by noon.

Our stay is planned at Yogaksheema, a leading Ayurvedic Resort. It is famous for its Ayurvedic massage and Satvic food. 

Lunch is arranged and then we visit the famed Chennakesava temple of Belur which took over a 100 years to build. The next couple of hours will be spent inside this temple complex. Some of the highlights of this temple are the intricate carvings of animals and dancers on the walls of the temple. Episodes from epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata have been carved out of stone. The main hall has sculptures that are fantastic in terms if the intricacy of the carvings. The bracelets on the arms of one of the dancer statues can be moved up and down. The headdress of another dancer statue has a moveable ring!  Another noteworthy characteristic of sculptures in Belur is that sculptures at Belur is that they are signed off by the respective sculptors like in a painting, often as a boastful epithet.

We head next to Halebid, the old capital of the Hoyasala empire. Located 16 Kms from Belur, there are 3 major highlights of Halebid. We spend a couple of hours in the 2 magnificent temples inside the complex dedicated to  Hoysalesvara and Shantalesvara. The other sculpture of interest is a giant statue of Nandi the holy Bull of Lord Shiva which took 86 years to build. Of interest would be to note the veins depicted gracefully on the face. 
We return to our Resort where dinner is arranged. 

Sunday – Shravanabelagola
After breakfast we checkout and drive 80 KMs to a quaint town located between 2 hills and called Shravanabelagola.  The world’s largest monolith statue beckons us here. The 58 feet tall statue nestled on a 470 feet hill is of Gomateswara the son of the first Jain Tirtankara Vrishaba Deva. There is a flight of 600 steps to climb. A less fun way to go up would be in a palanquin carried by 4 people!  The climb would take an hour. The view from the top makes the climb worth it.

We visit a home belonging to the Jain community to which Gomasteswara belongs. Lunch is arranged in this house. The cuisine is authentic Jain. After lunch we go back towards Bangalore. We would cover 145 Kms in the last leg of this tour. The tour ends around 5pm after we reach Bangalore.

Guided heritage tour on Royal Enfield motorcycle from Bangalore to the Hoysala World Heritage Sites of Belur & Halebid and the world's largest monolith statue at Shravanabelagola. Ayurvedic Massage, Jain lunch and Satvic meals are other inclusions.